Winter Nights

Hosted by Barony of Concordia of the Snows - Scotia, NY

Event date: September 16th, 2017

Event Last Modified: July 11th, 2017

Event details

As the summer dies, the bards gather, and prepare for the long nights of Winter, trading songs and tales, and sharpening their skills by facing one another on the Oxhide for bold challenges and friendly competition.

Now a rotating event that cycles year to year across our great Kingdom, join us this fall as Winter Nights returns to its ancestral home of Concordia of the Snows.  It is a day filled with camaraderie and fun, where we get to be bards and share the riches of our craft for a full-day competitive event.  There will be practice, performance, and audience space available.  We will have a running day board.

(Please note that this is a great opportunity to prepare for Concordia’s Baronial Bardic competition, which will be held at Bjorn’s Ceilidh in November.)

The bardic competition will make use of the rules developed by Mistress Anne & Sir Michael, in use for the past two years:
The competition will take place in rounds, the number of rounds depending on the number of competitors.  First round, please state who you are and where you come from, then perform a short (3-8 minutes or so) piece of your own choosing.  Second round will begin head to head challenges, now that we all know each other a little bit, across the Bardic Oxhide.  Challenge pairs will be organized by the MOL.  Pairs will issue bardic challenges to each other (topics such as “revenge”, “true love”, “anything *except* Norse sagas”, etc -- be kind!), or if they’re stumped for a topic, we will have curated inspiration cards to use instead.  Each pair will have the length of the previous two performances to prepare to meet their respective challenges.  Rounds will continue until we run out of time.
Performances will be judged by a rotating panel drawn from the competitors, with the following scoring format:
- Up to two points for issuing a friendly challenge - that is, does the challenge you gave your competitor support and encourage them to extend themselves?
- Up to two points for answering your own challenge - that is, does your performance embody the challenge given you? How well did you follow the spirit of the challenge?
- Up to three points for presentation skill - that is, how polished was the performance? Was it SCA-appropriate?

Site Opens 10:00 am
Competition Begins 11:00 am
Site Closes 7:00 pm

Site Opens: 10:00 am
Site Closes: 7:00 pm

Event Location

Scotia United Methodist Church
201 North Ten Broeck Street
Scotia, NY  12302
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From I-90 (NYS Thruway): 
--Take Exit 25 (Schenectady, I-890). 
--Proceed on I-890 to Exit 4C (Scotia). 
--Continue to traffic light, where you will turn left. 
--Continue over the long bridge and past Route 50. 
--Turn right onto North Ten Broeck Ave.  (Mohawk Tap Room and Stewart's on corner). 
The church is beige on the left at the second intersection (Catherine Street crossing).
Parking lot just beyond church and on street parking as well.

Registration Fees

This event is donation only for the site
Fee for dayboard is $5 advanced or at the door

Make Checks Payable to: SCA NY Inc.  Barony of Concordia of the Snows

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Event Steward:
Lord Drake Oranwood
Eric Schrager
16 Gilbert Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652

Deputy Steward:
Lord Rhys Aiden Bifjord
Stephen Long
214 Catherine Street, Scotia, NY 12302

Send Reservations to:

Lord Richard de Troye
Richard Nicholson
478 Morris St.
Albany, NY 12208